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Canadian bureaucrat fights charges over leaked climate document
11 May 2007 at 1:05pm
This week’s hottest eco-scandal comes from Canada. For real! Where else would Mounties descend on a federal office to arrest an anarchist-leaning, punk-drumming bureaucrat for allegedly leaking a climate document to activists and the press? We swear on our stack of Celine CDs: this happened Wednesday at the Environment Canada …

Interior officials messed with science, say witnesses at House hearing
11 May 2007 at 1:05pm
Think you’ve had a rough week? Imagine how the U.S. Interior Department feels. This week saw a heated House hearing in which activists and former officials testified about Interior’s nasty habit of meddling with science. “This is an agency that seems focused on one goal: weakening the law by administrative …

Dan Peplow and Sarah Augustine, indigenous-health activists, answer readers’ …
11 May 2007 at 1:05pm
Dan Peplow and Sarah Augustine are wary of implicating big aid organizations in complicity with mining practices that affect indigenous health in their area of focus, Suriname; after all, it was criticism along those lines that once nearly threatened their safe exit from the country. But an inquiring reader wants …

Indigenous tribe sues oil company over pollution in Peru
11 May 2007 at 1:05pm
A group of indigenous tribe members from Peru has filed suit against Los Angeles-based Occidental Petroleum in a U.S. court, claiming that the company’s operations in the Amazon from 1975 to 1999 contaminated their food and water supplies, hurt their health, and led to the death of a child. The …

Wal-Mart to cut mercury content in compact fluorescent bulbs
11 May 2007 at 1:05pm
As energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs move their way into the mainstream, concerns about their mercury content are spiraling up too. Soon, however, consumers will be able to find less-toxic CFLs for always low prices. Yes, Wal-Mart announced yesterday that its bulb suppliers will reduce mercury content by about one-third, …

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